‘Nine girls from Year 6 represented The Blake at the Witney Girls' Football Tournament at the Henry Box ATP.
We played really well in all of our seven short matches and came away with two wins, four draws and just one loss to Tower Hill who went on to win the tournament. We managed to keep the ball in our opponents' half for most of our matches, and we conceded only one goal. Lucy did a fantastic job in goal.
As a result of all our hard work, we finished second out of eight schools. We were very pleased with our performance and really enjoyed ourselves! A special thank you to Mr Noble and Mr Morris for taking us and for being our cheerleaders.’
Boccia is a Paralympic sport similar to Bowls and designed for adults with neurological disabilities.
In schools it can be enjoyed by everyone but competitions and matches are limited to children with a learning or physical disability. As this was our first competition, we knew it would be tough. But we were amazed to see how quickly our players picked up how to play.
We are looking forward to taking part in the Witney Schools Boccia League over the next few weeks.
To find out more about Boccia, follow the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nXhoc2OE-g 
Sixteen children from Years 4 and 6 took part in the Witney Schools Cross Country on 17th March at Henry Box School.
From the off, the pace in all four events (U9 and U11 Boys and Girls) was electric as strong fields of 60+ fought to get to the front of the race before the course narrowed at the first turn. As the field began to string out, our runners found their groove and - cheered on enthusiastically by those who were not running - put in some great personal best performances.
Well done to Kiya who finished 5th in her event.
On 10th March, the boys' football team played their first league match in over two years.  It was a close match with a strong performance by The Blake.
We started well, slotting in an early goal. The lead changed hands throughout the match but when the final whistle blew, the team from Ducklington School came away 6-4 winners.
Ducklington chose Harry Clarke (far right) as our player of the match.
We are looking forward to our next match on 15th March against Hailey
On 16th February eighteen children from Year 6 represented The Blake School at the Witney Athletics Competition. Following the event we asked two of the children who attended to write something for the newsletter about the event. Our thanks to Finn and Lottie who wrote so informatively about the event as below –
‘Everything was very fun and organised, it started with an obstacle relay, which went really well and then it all started to get exciting!’ ‘There were smaller events like the vertical jump and the chest push.’ ‘Overall we came 3rd, we were very happy with ourselves because we won a place on the podium.’ ‘Not only did we get a place on the podium, we also enjoyed ourselves very much and cheered our teammates on.’ ‘We wouldn’t have made it without our teacher’s help and support.’
Well done to all the children who took part in the event and represented the school so well.